For several decades now, the field of psychology has struggled with capturing a full understanding of the processes that have led to some adults suddenly remembering having been sexually abused while they were children. Are such experiences true recoveries of forgotten events, false memories induced via suggestions, or are some of these experiences true whereas others are false? Because the consequences of either a true recovery or a false memory of such a socially tragic event are important in terms of leading to an opportunity for either healing or harming, a vigorous debate has arisen between psychologists who have emphasized one point of view or the other.
At times referred to as the "Memory Wars" in psychology, the recovered/false memory debate has been fueled by conflicting evidence and the need for additional knowledge of the interaction among emotion, motivation, and memory. On April 22-23, 2010, the 58th Nebraska Symposium on Motivation will bring together leading international experts in a balanced reappraisal of this debate. The main aim of this Nebraska Symposium is to explore the issues surrounding the existence of recovered and false memories as revealed by the latest relevant research and knowledge that has been acquired from cognitive and clinical psychological perspectives, and the emerging field of cognitive neuroscience. Eminent scholars will explore how interactions among motivation, emotion, and memory lead to conditions that can foster both true recovery and false remembering. By providing a venue that will support the exchange of ideas, this Nebraska Symposium is expected to expose both areas of continuing differences in scientific opinion as well as areas of agreement. The Symposium will prove valuable to practitioners, researchers, educators, legal scholars, and students.
Mueller Planetarium, located inside Morrill Hall, will feature Pink Floyd's “Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience” at 7 p.m. April 22 and April 29. Morrill Hall hours are 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. For UNL staff, faculty and students with NU ID: Museum admission is free and Planetarium tickets are $3. Planetarium tickets are $2.50 for children ages 18 and under. (This show is NOT intended for young children due to adult lyrics.) Tickets for fulldome shows are sold at the museum front desk the night of the show.
Student ChamberFest Concert will take place in Kimball Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors and will be available at the door approx. one hour before the performance.